Caperdonich 37 Cask 7437
Distilled in November 1972 and aged for 37 years in cask number 7437. This was bottled in July 2010 at Cask Strength for Duncan Taylor's prestigious Rare Auld range. A release of 161 bottles.
A charming old whisky
Caperdonich 37 Year 1972/2010 Cask 7437 Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
Appearance: beautiful bottle. If only I had it. This whisky comes courtesy of the excellent Masters of Malt website in a 30ml sample size. The whisky itself is colored a rich lemon amber.
Nose: surprisingly restrained for such a high alcohol content. I would not have guessed that a whisky this old could have retained this strength. Opens with a deliciously full bouquet of fudge, treacle, Greek olives, cracked wheat, vanilla wafers, mint, lemongrass, herbal tea, and clover. Unusual, but mouthwatering.
Palate: fireworks of spice and sugar! I went with three or four drops simply to open it slightly and then let it sit for a few minutes. I can’t get over how delicate this whisky is at this proof! There’s a river of white chocolate, bordered by a forest of bourbon oak and chestnut wood. A malty sky with a citrus sun creates the backdrop, and the easel is framed out by a lovely interplay of raspberry preserves, cherry blossoms, and feathery herbals. Beyond the more lively flavors I’m also getting a deep foundation of earthy flavors. There’s a toothy length of maduro tobacco, some leather, and just a trace of oil and aniseed. My attempts to capture every little nuance is making me quite meditative. Excellent, deep finish with an almost chewy texture.
Phew, I don’t know what else to say. Remarkable balance and vitality, with no evidence of being overly oaked. Surprising, after that much time in the barrel. Alcohol: 53.5% by volume.
I cannot tell you fun it is to taste a whisky this exclusive. If you ever get a chance, make absolute certain that you try a whisky at this level at some point in your life. Score: 93
22nd September 2011